DAFM announces expansion of market access for Irish livestock exports to Algeria
04-02-2020 14:58:00 | by: Pie Kamau | hits: 7355 | Tags:

The Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has expanded market access for Irish livestock exports to Algeria. This happened during Irish Trade Mission to Algeria.

Algerian authorities agreed and signed a certificate for the export of cattle for slaughter from Ireland to Algeria with immediate effect. This follows on from agreement from last year on certificates for export of cattle for breeding and fattening. Discussions also progressed to market access for beef and sheepmeat exports.

This agreement offers significant opportunities for Irish livestock exports and reflects the highest standards of animal health and welfare in Ireland. In relation to live exports the stringent systems of animal health and welfare controls are operated by DAFM to protect the welfare of cattle during transport.

The objective of the trade mission was to progress opportunities for the Irish dairy and livestock sectors, raising awareness of Ireland as a source of high quality, safe and sustainable food, and to build strategic partnerships.

Algeria, with a population of 41 million people, has self-sufficiency of only 40% in dairy products, and a growing demand for cheddar. Total Irish agri-food exports to Algeria in 2018 amounted to €52 million, dominated by dairy exports, which have grown rapidly over the past few years.

The Algerian market represents a key opportunity for Irish livestock exports, with imports of live cattle growing strongly in 2019 to approximately 100,000 head, of which 75% are young bulls.